Oracle’s Ellison Remains Top Jewish Billionaire On Forbes List
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Oracle founder Larry Ellison is top ranked among Jewish individuals appearing on the Forbes magazine’s annual list of world billionaires, coming in at sixth with $36 billion.

Ellison held the same ranking last year but with $28 billion.

Casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson, with $24.9 billion, moved up to No. 14 from 78. Adelson and his family have donated at least $20 million to a Super PAC supporting GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Adelson also is a major giver to Birthright Israel.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the next Jewish person at 20th, with $22 billion — like Ellison, $8 billion richer than last year — followed by George Soros at 22nd, up from 35th with $20 billion.

Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were tied for 24th with $18.7 billion each.

Other Jews to make the top 100 included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at 35th with $15.5 billion; Brazilian banking and investment mogul Joseph Safra at 52 with $13.8 billion; Russian steel magnate Roman Abramovich at 68 with $12.1 billion and U.S. businessman Ronald Perelman at 69 with $12 billion.

Thirteen Israelis made the list, down from 16 last year. Eyal and Idan Ofer became the two newest Israelis on the list, inheriting their fortunes from their father, shipping magnate Sammy Ofer. Israel's richest man died last June after coming in 79th last year with 10.3 billion. Idan Ofer entered the list at 161st with $6.2 billion and Eyal Ofer was No. 173 with $5.8 billion.

Carnival Cruise CEO Micky Arison dropped from 62nd to 223rd with $4.7 billion, just months after one of his cruise ships sank near Italy.

Mexican telecom businessman Carlos Slim Helu and his family topped the list with $69 billion. 

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All jewish websites seem to claim anyone who is successful as jewish. It is absurd. Why don't you ever include the fact that his biological father was Italian American?? He is HALF jewish for God's sake!!! AND he doesn't subscribe to Jewish dogma. Jewish Websites only pick and choose what they want to. Here is the REAL story on Wikipedia: Larry Ellison was born in New York City to an unwed Jewish mother.[3][4][5][6] His father was an Italian American US Air Force pilot. After Ellison contracted pneumonia at the age of nine months, his mother gave him to her aunt and uncle for adoption.[6] He did not meet his biological mother again until he was 48.[7]

Ellison graduated from Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago in January 1958 and attended Sullivan High School at least through the fall of 1959 before moving to Chicago's South Shore, a middle-class Jewish neighborhood. Ellison remembers his adoptive mother as warm and loving, in contrast to his austere, unsupportive, and often distant adoptive father, who adopted the name Ellison to honor his point of entry into the United States, Ellis Island. Louis Ellison was a government employee who had made a small fortune in Chicago real estate, only to lose it during the Great Depression.[6]

Although Ellison was raised in a Reform Jewish home by his adoptive parents, who attended synagogue regularly, he remained a religious skeptic. Ellison states: "While I think I am religious in one sense, the particular dogmas of Judaism are not dogmas I subscribe to. I don't believe that they are real. They're interesting stories. They're interesting mythology, and I certainly respect people who believe these are literally true, but I don't. I see no evidence for this stuff." At age thirteen, Ellison refused to have a bar mitzvah celebration.[8] Ellison says that he has a love affair with Israel that is not connected to religious sentiments, but rather due to the innovative spirit of Israelis, particularly in the technology sector.[9]

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